General Piercing Aftercare

A frequent thing I am asked is “how should I clean my piercing?” and “what should I do to take care of my piercing” etc. So, here is where you will find general information on caring for your piercing. 

GENERAL PIERCING INFORMATION(This applies to all piercings and should always be followed).

  • Never touch or play with a healing piercing with unwashed hands and fingers. Hygiene is most important in preventing infections.
  • It is easiest to wash the piercing in the shower twice daily. To do this stand with the new piercing in the flow of the water for a few minutes until any dry build up around the area has softened, then using clean hands or a cotton bud dislodge any dry build up from around the piercing taking care not to push any into the piercing as it may damage the newly formed skin inside.
  • After showering apply the after care product as advised by your piercer. Apply the product directly onto the piercing. If you are allergic to aftercare products, do not have any or want a better alternative try a saline solution. (Saline Solution Recipe is listed below).
  • Do not soak your piercing.
  • Do not attempt to rotate or turn your piercing.

NEVER DO THE FOLLOWING TO YOUR PIERCING

  • Do not use the following to clean you piercing: Methylated Spirits, Dettol, Bleach, Contact Lens Solution, Betadine, Alcohol, Kitchen Table Salt or ANY other chemicals as all of these will burn your piercing and will ruin it.
  • Do not apply fake tan or makeup over fresh piercing sites.
  • Do not apply antiseptic creams to piercings.
  • Never touch the piercing with unsterilised fingers and hands.
  • Do not turn or rotate your piercing.
  • Do not aggravate the piercing site with clothing (eg: tight pants on a hip piercing or a navel piercing).
  • Forget to cover your piercing before going into chlorine pools before it has healed. (Patch/cover the piercing with waterproof and water tight patches).

SALINE SOLUTION RECIPE

  • Mix 2 teaspoons of rock salt or sea salt (not ordinary table salt) into 1L of boiled water. Store in a lidded container (wash this container out first using boiling water) or for a smaller amount ½ teaspoon of rock/sea salt into 1 cup (250mls) of boiled water.
  • Renew the solution every 3 days.
  • Apply twice daily after washing hands or showering.
  • Dry the area thoroughly after cleaning.
  • Use saline solution only to this specific formula because if the solution is too strong it may dry and burn your skin and cause the piercing to be ruined.
  • If you are lazy you can also use something like H2Ocean. It’s only salt water!

MICRODERMALS, SKIN DIVERS & SURFACE PIERCINGS

  • Do not change the dermal top or the balls on the barbell of a surface piercing until at least 3 months after having it done to allow sufficient time for healing.
  • Never attempt to rotate a dermal or skin diver.
  • For the first 3 months at night keep your piercing covered/patched whilst sleeping or when doing any physical activity to avoid sweat coming in contact with the piercing and also patching should be done to keep the piercing flush with the skin.
  • When swimming piercing must be covered with a waterproof patch but it is advisable that you do not swim in chlorinated water until your piercing is healed.
  • When removing patches please make sure you remove them slowly. There may be dry build up over the piercing site an if you pull the patch too quickly you will increase the chances of pulling and distorting the piercing site.

ORAL PIERCINGS(Labret, Monroe, Medusa, Lip, Cheek etc)

  • Because this piercing is on both the inside and outside of your mouth you must clean both sides 2 separate ways.
  • To clean the inside of your mouth use a saline solution. Also rinse your mouth with a saline solution any time after you eat, drink or even smoke for 8 weeks after getting pierced.
  • To clean the outside of your mouth you must apply an aftercare product as advised by your piercer. Continue applying this product twice daily for 6-8 weeks after getting pierced.
  • You will have a longer bar or larger ring placed in your piercing than what may appear to be needed, this is to allow for any swelling that might occur. THIS WILL NEED TO BE CHANGED for a shorter bar or smaller ring after 2-4 weeks of getting pierced. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you return to your piercer to purchase the smaller/shorter jewellery as leaving the larger original jewellery in unnecessarily can damage teeth and gums.
  • To further assist your healing it is best to avoid drinking alcohol and/or smoking during the first 2 months of healing.

TONGUE AND INSIDE MOUTH PIERCINGS(Smiley, Frowny, Webbing etc)

  • During the first 24 hours keep the inside environment of your mouth cold by sucking ice, sipping cold drinks and eating soft, cool, non-spicey foods as this will help reduce the swelling.
  • You must rinse your mouth with an aftercare product (as advised by your piercer) anytime after you eat, drink or smoke for 8 weeks.
  • A longer bar is placed in your piercing to start with to allow for any potential swelling that might occur. This will need to be changed to a shorter bar after 2-4 weeks. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you return to your piercer to purchase the smaller/shorter jewellery as leaving the larger original jewellery in unnecessarily can damage teeth and gums.
  • To further assist your healing it is best to avoid drinking alcohol and/or smoking during the first 2 months of healing.

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